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Crystal Lake Watershed:
Public Access Sites


Within the Crystal Lake Watershed there are two lakes one can explore, the large Crystal Lake and the small and quiet Round Lake.

  • With the new addition of the MDNR's major and full-featured Crystal Lake Boating Access Site off Mollineaux Road, Crystal Lake now has seven public access sites of significance, as well as several accesses at road-ends.

  • Round Lake has one simple access site off of M-22. The lake itself is in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and empties into Crytal Lake.

The map below shows the location of the significant public access sites, the table below provides the details for each.

The Rules

Crystal Lake Public Access Sites

There are many rules that govern these sites. They have been designated "points of access" for the general public and are limited to swimming (and in some cases boating) after sunrise and until 12 midnight. No permanent or seasonal moorings or dockages are permitted.

The
proposed Michigan Senate Bill 778 regarding public road-end access sites was signed into law on 3/22/12, see here:

Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (excerpt), Act 451 of 1994, 324.30111b Public road end; prohibited use; violation as misdemeanor; fine; civil action; definitions.

There are local ordinances that apply, as well.

Perhaps the most important rule is that of simple common courtesy. We are all sharing this nature-made beautiful lake, so please be respectful of those using these access sites and the property owners next to these sites.

Round Lake Public Access Site

We are all sharing access and use of this lake in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, so please be respectful of others using this access site as well as the area itself. And those fishing here need to be aware of, as always, any township, county, state, or federal regulations that apply.

The Map

To easily view the locations of all the significant public access sites at once...

  • click here to view them at Google Maps. There you can:
    • click on a yellow placemark to see that site's name.
    • double-click on a placemark to zoom in to that specific site.
    • click on the name of a site from the list on the left to highlight that specific site.
    • zoom in and out and explore on your own.

  • if you have the Google Earth program, download this KMZ file to your computer then open it to view the locations in that program. (If you do not have Google Earth, you can get it free here.)

You can also use the map below to go to a specific access site in Google Maps.




• Click on an orange circle to see that specific access site at a green arrow at Google Maps.

• Click on the "Round Lake" box (or the lake itself) to see Round Lake at Google Maps.

• Click on a general area of the image to see a map of this whole area at Google Maps.

Note: If GPS coordinates are needed — when you click on a link to a specific access site in the map above, you are taken to Google Maps and the GPS coordinates for that site are shown in the search box at the top of the Web page.


Table of Details — Crystal Lake Watershed: Significant Public Access Sites

Crystal Lake

Round Lake

Note: If GPS coordinates are needed — when you click on a "map" link to a specific access site n the table below, you are taken to Google Maps and the GPS coordinates for that site are shown in the search box at the top of the Web page.

CRYSTAL LAKE — EAST SIDE— 1 access site
# Name /
road /
location
Nearby street(s) Parking Boat access Map Site width at lake Beach depth Rest-
room
Extras
E7 Beulah Public Beach & Boat Launch along Lake Street between Clark Street and Prospect Avenue yes, but none for trailers hard-surface boat launch ramp and docks map 2.5 village blocks 50 feet yes designated swimming area, mouth of Cold Creek, nearby park, picnic tables, pavilion

CRYSTAL LAKE — SOUTH SIDE — 5 access sites
# Name /
road /
location
Nearby street(s) Parking Boat access Map Site width at lake Beach depth Rest-
room
Extras
S1 Fair Park, Beulah Crystal Avenue at Benzie Street yes, but very limited, room for 2-3 cars sand boat launch area, carry-in only map perhaps 100 feet no beach seasonal port-a-pottie small park, picnic tables, grill
S2 Crystal Lake Boating Access Site Mollineaux Road (east end) just off of US-31 (5600) yes, for trailers, too major hard-surface multi-slot boat launch ramp and docks map a few hundred feet, but water not easily accessible except at ramp tiny beach- like
area
yes large DNR access site, park, will soon offer a self-service boat washing station

See our DNR Boat Launch page for
more details about this access site.

     
S3 Crystal Lake Outlet Mollineaux Road (4700) at the Outlet & Betsie Valley Trail crossing yes, but limited, room for maybe 5 cars yes, but limited, room for maybe 5 cars map perhaps 2000 feet if you include along the Betsie Valley Trail 50 feet to very shallow none dam and outlet for Crystal Lake, swimming but watch for poison ivy along beach. NOTE: It's against the law to go on the dam.
S8 Lobb Road South Shore Drive (southeast end) yes, but very limited, room for 2-3 cars on the side of Lobb Road paved boat launch with a few concrete blocks at edge map perhaps 30 feet none none popular launch site for smaller boats on trailers
S9 Frankfort Public Beach & Boat Launch South Shore Drive (400) at Bellows Avenue yes light-duty boat launch — gravel driveway ends close to lake; dock map perhaps 200 feet 50 feet yes designated swimming area, picnic tables, swings, grill, pavilion, park, a.k.a. Bellows Park

CRYSTAL LAKE — NORTH SIDE — 1 access site
# Name /
road /
location
Nearby street(s) Parking Boat access Map Site width at lake Beach depth Rest-
room
Extras
N5 North Shore Public Access Site Crystal Drive (7200) just west of marina yes on the north side of Crystal Drive light-duty paved and concrete block boat launch map accessible
width:
perhaps 40 feet
shoreline access for swimming but there's lots of bushes and NO beach none popular launch site for smaller boats on trailers, a five- acre county park.
  AKA: Zada Price County Park, Mitchell Park, and the Wilson Property        

ROUND LAKE — 1 access site
# Name /
road /
location
Nearby street(s) Parking Boat access Map Site width at lake Beach depth Rest-
room
Extras
RL Round Lake Public Access Site M-22 (dirt road about 0.1 miles south of Long Lake Road) none, just two turn-around slots no motors allowed, carry-in access only, dirt / sand launch, lots of gravel in the lake at the launch, water is very shallow. map 10 feet no beach none beware the false bottom along the east, south, and west sides of the lake.


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